The votes for this year’s poll have been gathered and the results compiled, it’s time for our annual top ten Myers mask replicas countdown. Staying true to an unusual and surprising year, our 8th annual countdown offers a little bit of a shake up as well.
At NUMBER TEN is Nighowl’s PSYCHO. This is one of the best selling and most beloved Myers replica masks the hobby has seen to date. The Psycho mask was a retool of Justin Mabry’s previous “Nightmare Man ’78”. In essence, it became an angrier and more intense variation of its predecessor. Seen below is member “bramabull71’s” Psycho 81:
This year’s NUMBER NINE is Handiboy’s DEAD RINGER. Nick Mulpagano (owner/operator of Handiboy studios) decided to take another crack at a Myers mask using the Kirk life cast again. He had used a life cast the year before but realized he had obtained the wrong life cast (“like when Igor grabbed the wrong brain for Dr. Frankenstein.” – Nick M.). So, he tried it again with the correct life cast and better references. Nick released the Dead Ringer on the most appropriate day of 2017, HALLOWEEN! The mask released to very favorable response. This copy belongs to our member “Sufferingone”:
Moving up to NUMBER EIGHT on this year’s countdown is the “KHU” (Ken Hertlein Ultimate) mask. Ken Hertlein is responsible for (arguably) the most sought after Michael Myers replica mask in the hobby, the beloved KH/DW. He is also known for his successor to the KHDW, the KHSLE. In July 2017 it was announced that Ken thought he could improve on his first two H2 efforts and bring us the “ultimate” H2 mask. Besides being a great Halloween II replica mask the Ken Hertlein Ultimate also has two really cool unique features. One feature is a watermark of sorts, a skull face was added into the paint of the mask itself that is only visible with the aid of a black light. The second feature is these masks come with a single hair from the actual hero mask used in the original Halloween and Halloween II. Some have this hair laminated into the COA and some have the hair sealed in the neck or hairline. I’ve heard some have one laminated on the COA in addition to having one sealed inside the mask. Below is my own copy:
The mask at NUMBER SEVEN is the legendary KHDW mask. After Dick Warlock portrayed Michael Myers in 1981’s Halloween II, he kept the mask he wore in the movie along with the knife, boots and coveralls. Sometime in the year 2000 he commissioned the very talented artist Ken Hertlein to try and recreate this iconic mask. The look of the mask’s paint, texture of the hair, eye cuts, spatial relations of the features, mask size and all other little nuances of the hero mask were all taken into account. The result is one of the best replicas the hobby has seen to date. Here is the number 26 copy that belongs to member “Little Micky Myers”:
Last year’s top mask lands at NUMBER SIX this year, N.A.G.’s PS78 (Phone Scene 78) mask. This mask was made to replicate one of the original Halloween’s most iconic scenes, the one and only “phone scene”. The PS78 is a composition of NAG’s Shape 78 mask and Nick Castle bust. The final result offers up a very nice “Castle stretch” style mask. Our very talented James Carter did the one below up for a lucky member of the community:
This concludes part one of our countdown. Part two of the countdown will be posted on Halloween and reveal the masks that made the top five.